I took a sociology course recently about public schools in America, and there was an article that had to do with the achievement gap between males and females. BTW, females do better. HA.
There have been multiple theories about why girls do better in school, and many studies have been done regarding this "issue." One of the theories was "social powerlessness theory," which basically says that women do better in school because they recognize that there is gender inequality in the world, and that education will help them procure a more educated, "better" husband, and enable them to become "better" wives.
When I first read about this, my feminist blood boiled a little. My reaction was "whaaaaat?? If this is true, then aren't women just perpetuating the inequality?!" And plus, I have no desire to become a trophy wife.
But then I thought about it some more, and it is true to a certain degree... I do recognize that in order to maintain the standard of living that I have now, I will need the second source of income, and as a (hopefully potential) teacher i won't be making big bucks. So in that sense, I did pursue higher education to meet a more educated partner. It definitely wasn't something I thought about though- it was simply a fortunate benefit.
My current boyfriend is an electrical engineer major with a double minor in math and mathematical physics. His title alone sounds like it would make big bucks! However, while I do consciously look for a more educated man, I don't pursue education in order to "be a better wife." I pursue it for myself, for my own career.
I'm not saying that educated men with the potential to land well-paying jobs are ONLY found in college settings, or that men who don't make enough money aren't good husbands, but technically, it would be easier to find the former in college/university, or in the workplace with an abundance of college-educated workers.
Which brings me to the culminating question: do you think education is an important aspect of meeting Mr. Right? Do you take your own education into consideration?